Raymond Russell Park
Design / Build Projects at Bexar County's Raymond Russell Park
UTSA students collaborated with Bexar County to design and build two projects at Raymond Russell Park, a 24-acre site located in North Bexar County. This 60-year-old park, which was ravaged by two severe floods, was in need of repair and upgrading of picnic and trail facilities. Student teams in Diane Hays' studio met with County Commissioners, engineering consultants, and legal staff from both entities to understand the complex reality of project delivery from conception to completion. After gaining approval for their design work, students developed construction documents and construction phasing schedules, cost estimates, materials lists, and participated in contractual negotiations between the County and University before commencing with construction activities. These activities mimic the process of real-world design and construction. All student participants and donors were recognized during opening day ceremonies which garnered lots of publicity in local news media, university publications, and in Texas Architect magazine. Phase 1: Renovations and Additions to Pavilion 1, and Phase 2: A 5-acre Nature Trail, were completed in 2007 and 2009, respectively.